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Illegal Video Download Host Who Let Millions See Free Movies and TV Shows Pleads Guilty

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

In June of last year the feds shut down the website NinjaVideo.net, which let millions of viewers see copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats for free or for a nominal fee.

On Thursday,  one of the site’s founders, Hana A. Beshara of Las Vegas,  pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va. to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.  Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.

Beshara admitted the site collected more than $500,000 in overall proceeds over its two-and-a-half-year existence, and that she earned more than $200,000. Beshara agreed to forfeit assets seized by law enforcement in the June 2010 raid “including cash, an investment brokerage account, two bank accounts, a Paypal account and one Internet advertising account,” according to a Justice Department press release.

A press release from the Justice Department said:

“The NinjaVideo.net website allowed visitors to download infringing copies of hundreds of television shows and movies, including those still playing in theaters and some that had not yet been released in theaters. Website visitors could download much of the infringing content for free, but visitors who “donated” at least $25 obtained access to private forum boards that contained a wider range of infringing material.”

 

Justice Dept. Gets a Little Hipper with Facebook and Twitter and Slick Website

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — It used to be — not all that long ago — that only teens and the terminally hip used the social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

No more. The U.S. Justice Department, not particularly known for being terminally hip, is getting into the act.

Reporter Joe Palazzolo of the website Main Justice reports that the Justice Department has not only created a slick looking website but “in less than a month, the Justice Department has gained about 92,000 followers on the microblogging site Twitter, 1,400 Facebook fans, and 500 MySpace friends. The department was the fifth federal agency to join Twitter.”

“Had we done something like this under Attorney General Ashcroft and President Bush, the howls would be deafening,” Mark Corallo, who served as spokesman for Attorney General John Ashcroft and now works at his consulting firm, The Ashcroft Group told Main Justice. But as Corallo scanned the new site, he added: “This is truly professional. This is really well done.”

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FBI Probing Whether Tex Gov’s Campaign Website Was Hacked

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

To be honest, as dirty as politics is, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more of this type of activity.

By JAY ROOT
Associated Press

The FBI confirmed Monday it is investigating whether hackers disrupted a live webcast on Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign Web site last week during a re-election announcement.

“The FBI confirms that it is conducting a preliminary inquiry into the possibility that an intentional intrusion was conducted on the governor’s computer from out of state,” said Erik Vasys, a spokesman for the FBI in San Antonio. “The FBI considers this a hacking event with unknown origin at this time.”

The webcast was to have been streamed from a closed event at the San Antonio headquarters of Holt Caterpillar last Tuesday.

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Gov. Blago’s Image Quickly Wiped Clean from Official State Website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, that didn’t take long.
Not long after the state Senate booted Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of office Thursday afternoon , the state of Illinois wiped clean his image on the official website and declared Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn the new man in charge.
Here’s the message on the Governor’s home page on the website:

SPRINGFIELD – January 29, 2009. Former Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn has become the 41st Governor of the State of Illinois, having taken the Oath of Office at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2009 The Oath of Office was administered by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke in a brief ceremony in the Chamber of the Illinois House of Representatives.
“I pledge an open and fair state government worthy of being called the Land of Lincoln,” Quinn said. “The people of Illinois have the right to expect integrity and diligence from their elected officials.”
On Thursday, the Illinois Senate convicted Governor Blagojevich on Articles of Impeachment the House passed earlier this month. Therefore, under Article V, Section 6 ( c ) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, the Lt. Governor assumes all duties and powers of Governor.
“In the coming days, we will face some tough choices. I am confident that by working together we will meet these challenges to emerge a much stronger and vibrant state.”
Governor Quinn reminds Illinois citizens of President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words: “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”

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From the Vantage Point of Gov. Blagojevich’s Website, Life Still Looks Grand

One of many upbeat photos on the Gov's website
One of many upbeat photos on the Gov’s website

By Jon Perkins
Ticklethewire.com

To study Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s website is to get a clear picture of a man in denial.
On the website, the embattled governor touts his initiative to keep the state’s children safe and warm, his efforts on behalf of workers at Republic Steel who were forced out of their jobs without severance pay or benefits, his progress in getting federal funding for the state’s Medicaid program and so on and so on… Everything appears to be coming up roses.
What’s not on the website site is any indication that Blagojevich is in deep trouble and is facing mounting pressure to step down because of allegations that he tired to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
With political opponents and the news media turning up the heat and pushing for impeachment it may become increasingly difficult for Blagojevich to govern. But there’s no way of telling that from looking at his I’m-doing-great” website. Blagojevich returned to work a day after his arrest on corruption charges and has
stayed largely out of sight.
John Jackson, a professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, said that his everything-is-normal facade is not an unusual tactic.
“It’s clear that the message of the day is business as usual,” said Jackson, who is attached to SIU’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, named for an Illinois icon widely known for his political integrity.
He said Blagojevich has decided to play the situation as ” ‘I’m going to continue to be an aggressive advocate for the people of Illinois.’ ”
Jackson said Blagojevich, whose approval ratings have dipped below 10 percent, has avoided the news media and most state officials for the entirety of his second term. “He can probably maintain this public facade for a long time,” he said.
But the pressure will heighten as prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald continues to investigate and the state legislature likely begins impeachment proceedings next week.
The fight won’t be easy. Blagojevich alienated most of the state’s power players in both parties long before the latest scandal surfaced publicly.